The Monday Morning Motivator | Yes, But That Sounds Like a Bit of a Stretch!

A few years ago, I was leaving my office on a winter day when I slipped on some ice and tore the ligaments in my left ankle. Ironically, even though I had been running for over 10 years without injury, I was unable to run for the next three months, all because of a short walk to my car!


So, I started to do Yoga. To be frank, I always questioned whether it was “real” exercise. Boy, was I ever wrong! If you work with a good teacher, Yoga is not only relaxing, but a great way to increase strength (when you are not losing your balance and feeling like a fool!).


I was always somewhat reluctant to stretch, but it always helped me to feel great after my workout. I sense the same thing in my clients, when dealing with a change in the status of their careers. We often use the term, “it was a real stretch.” In most cases, we are reluctant to take a specific action, such as doing our resume, meeting for an informational interview or exploring a leadership role due to a certain level of discomfort. 


Why does stretching feel so good? According to Dr. Stephen Juan author of The Odd Body, “when you stretch, the oxygen-poor blood is squeezed out of the muscles and is replaced with oxygen rich blood. It also clears out metabolic wastes such as carbon dioxide, which also accumulate. When you stretch, it essentially wakes up your muscles.


In my experience, it is often an external event such as a loss of jobbeing promoted or in my case, a slip on the sidewalk, that will “stretch” us. The event, more often than not, turns out to be more positive than negative. Stretching yourself in your career will not only strengthen you, but it will most likely awaken you to new opportunities, people & experiences.


I am still stretching & incorporating Yoga into my health routine. I have more balance in my life (pun intended). This week, find a way to stretch your “career muscles”.


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Stretching, along the road with you!




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